The 20th Anniversary service for media conglomerate, Multimedia has ended at the International Central Gospel church, Christ Temple, Abbossey Okai in Accra.
The company which began as Joy FM in 1995, is now 6 radio stations, one TV station and a powerful online presence that has entrenched Multimedia and its CEO, Kwasi Twum into the minds of discerning audience.
For the Chief Executive Kwasi Twum, his secret hangs in his office.
So here we are gathered in this massive auditorium, Board members,managers and the staff of the company dressed in colourful anniversary cloth, have massed up at ICGC to worship.
Moderated by Pastor Albert Ocran, the service has moved on to a song ministration. The choir is doing a rendition of Nigerian gospel superstar Sinach’s hit song ‘In the name of Jesus’. There is no mistaking that the choir here is talent plus strong practice.
You know what they say: ‘Talent is not enough’ and this group appears very well drilled.
It will take extra factor to be among the roughly 12-member choir at ICGC. Instrumentation here is enviable. It is liking paying for a ticket to attend an international gospel concert.
But this is just an ICGC church serivce.
Without much ceremony, pastor Mensa Otabil is introduced to the packed audience. In his typical African wear he is leading the church to make its Perfection declaration.
Patterned on Sinach’s song, the church is upstanding and reciting uplifting words
“We have a delegation from Joy Fm. Normally I don’t do this but for them I do it specially…the reason I am doing that is because they were the first station I preached on” he said to applause of the audience.
He continued that on 18 May 1995, he gave his first Living Word broadcast, around the time that his daughter was being born.
“I hold that station dear to my heart”, he said.
He promised to do a brief preaching and then led the church in prayer. Isa 45:22-23
Look to me and be saved for I am God and there is no other.
God’s word, he says, does not return. He reads Isa 55:8-11 where the prophet says God’s ways are not are ways or his thoughts our thoughts.
He stresses that God always thinks differently about situations of men. He recalls Jesus’s thinking when stranded in the wilderness, the disciples resigned themselves to hunger. They ruled out any chance to provide food for over 5,000 followers.
But Jesus thought differently as he was able to provide food to feed the multitude in excess. Pastor Otabil paints a picture of how impossible it is for rain to fall backwards whiling its raining.
Digging into his basic agricultural knowledge, he explains that rain only transporter of what’s in the ground (nutrients) into plants.
“The Word of God transport nutrients to us”, he compares.
He continues that if God wants to heal us, or prosper us, he transports that through his Word.
“Every Word of God has a coded message…. I believe there is a Word for you”
He recalls the first Gulf War when Iraq was attacked by the U.S in 1980.
The First Gulf War
“That was when we heard the word Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles”(ICBM). He said the Americans did not go to Iraq but sat in the Persian Gulf to launch programmed attacks against somebody sitting his somewhere “he has no clue”.
An ICBM leaves for its deadly target
The missile does not return “void”, he said. He challenges the audience to believe that if man can have a ballistic missile that zooms on a target without missing, then surely God can do so much more better in send his children specific words.
He quotes Deut 32:1-3, where Moses says God’s teaching is like rain.
Any teaching that ascribes greatness to God becomes rain that falls upon lives, Otabil explains.
Moving on, he says this is the theory of How God’s Word works. Looking for examples of practice, he refers to Luke 5:17-26.
He stresses that while Jesus was teaching, the Bible says “the power of God was present to heal them”.
He says it is impossible to be in an atmosphere of favour, healing or prosperity and till be disadvantaged, sick or broke, he says.
He explains that some friends had to bring in a paralysed man to tap into the power after they let him down into Jesus’s presence right through the roof.
“All they needed to do was to soak it up”, he said of the Pharisees who were questioning the miracle that Jesus had just done and lost the opportunity to get power.
He warns that faith is needed to tap into available promise. God promised Israel but because of a lack of faith they never had rest except during the reign of David and Solomon.
Even with their own land in 1948 created for them by the UN, they still don’t have rest. Why? “because the Word was not mixed with faith” he explains.
He adds that if a person has no potential and fails in life there should be no wonder. But if He has as everybody has then his lack of progress should be interrogated.
Otabil says,not every word is meant for everybody. He condemns critics who complain about messages of prosperity saying everybody needs to look out for the Word that hits him during the delivery of a message and mix it with faith by personalising it.
Otabil is now leading the church in prayers and further make declarations. It is the culture here.
Pastor Albert Ocran reads the announcement. Greater Works conference is up next week, he says.
The church share the benediction and breaks out as the congregation heads home. Some refreshments for staff has been organised and a photo-taking session has been marked to take place afterwards.